Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SNACK TIME!

Last December, I happened upon a bag of drizzled popcorn and pretzels as I was checking out at WinCo. Each piece of popcorn & pretzel had a little bit of dark chocolate on it, and I was really looking forward to getting another bag, only to find out that this product from Indiana Popcorn Company is ONLY AVAILABLE AT CHRISTMAS.

After tons of fruitless searching and only finding marked up bags for sale for $30 each and up, I finally decided to make this copycat recipe. I used a bag of Indiana Popcorn Company's regular Kettle Corn, a couple handfuls of pretzel sticks, and about a cup and half of dark chocolate chips to make this pretty convincing replica version.

A couple notes:
1) The chocolate doesn't really set up again if it's over 60 degrees F outside; I had to put mine in the freezer.
2) Making the whole bag is a LOT, so make sure you've got a few friends coming over or have a big appetite.

Watch me make it here:


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Eyeliner Review Update

A few weeks back, I reviewed TheBalm's Schwing eyeliner, and gave it good reviews. But now, warmer weather is upon us, and with that comes glistening, and a good eyeliner with stand up to a case of the glistens and give it the middle finger.

This stuff... not so much. Every time I open my eyes wide, it leaves a black smudge in the fold of my eye lid, and, if I've been particularly active and glistened a little harder than normal, it basically transfers my winged liner from the lash line to the middle of my eye lid, leaving almost nothing behind where I wanted it and a smudgy black mess everywhere else.

In short: this eyeliner is a MAJOR FAIL for summertime. I will report back later with my suggestions for summertime eyeliner when I find one.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deadly Dames Capri Pants to Pencil Skirt Conversion

As a "plus size" gal, finding good pants that make you look great is a toughy. The old school Pinup Girl Clothing Deadly Dames capri pants in black  - the ones that introduced me to their pants - are FANTASTIC for that, and they came in a lot of other colors, too, including a GORGEOUS baby blue.

UNFORTUNATELY, the light color of the pants doesn't cooperate well with the lines and body bumps of a mom to 4, so these languished in my closet for a long time until I had an epiphany while washing my black pair: this was only two seams away from being a skirt.

A pencil skirt is a lot more forgiving on a FUPA, which I have from 4 c-sections, so I set to work this morning.


Step One: Rip out the leg and crotch seams. There are three total, so you'll have to make a few passes to get it all.




Step Two: Clean out all the old thread. Quick Tip - you can use tape to do this really fast.


Step Three: Lay out the new seam. Lay the pants out so that the side seams are facing you, and then pin the new seam - eliminating the crotch section by coming straight up - so get ready to sew it up.


Step Four: Sew the new seam. I made a straight stitch on each new seam, and then followed up with two zig-zag seams right over the top. Don't want anything popping loose.


Step Five: Finish up by trimming out the extra crotch fabric and sewing up the split for where the calves went through the legs.



That's it!

Now, it is a Deadly Dames PENCIL SKIRT in baby blue bengaline... the only thing I need to do is add a little kick pleat because, after walking in it a little bit, it's a true hobble skirt... but the silhouette is TO DIE FOR.

I hope that this inspired or helped some of you other plus size gals out there to embrace these pants... because the color is too pretty to just try to sell for pennies or to let languish in a closet or drawer.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Your New Summer BBQ Go-To: Pulled Pork!

Though it might seem counterproductive to call a recipe that requires 8 hours of cooking time a "summer recipe" - who wants the oven on when it's this hot? - the fact that this pulled pork recipe is slow-cooked at 225 degrees means that you'll hardly notice that your oven is on... heat-wise anyway: your nose is sure gonna know!

This dish takes some time planning and prepping beforehand, but a solid plan and time line will keep you on track, and this recipe is so worth it! Slightly spicy and perfect for a BBQ potluck, you'll come back to making this pork again and again. Start with an overnight brine, then slow roast to perfection. Doesn't get any better.

Top it with anything you like: cheese, Funyuns, French fried onions, BBQ sauce, sour cream, pineapple, bacon... the list is endless! Make it your own!

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: PULLED PORK RECIPE



Here's the text instructions:
2 lbs pork
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbls chicken boullion
1 tbls onion powder
1 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls black pepper
1 tbls lemon pepper
1 tbls cayenne pepper
1 tbls chili powder
1 tbls paprika
1 tbls cumin
1/2 cup salt
Water


In a large soup pot, stir salt into water until dissolved. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine all spices and brown sugar. Whisk thoroughly to combine to make a dry rub. Take 2 tablespoons of pork rub mixture and place in salted water. Add pork to water and top with more water until pork is covered. Cover with lid and refrigerate at least 12 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Line a baking dish with tin foil and place pork in pan. Cover completely with dry rub, rubbing the mixture into the surface of the pork until completely covered. Optionally add carrots and onions to pan. Cover with tin foil. Place in oven and allow to slow roast for 6 to 8 hours.

Shred pork and serve on buns or assemble for quesadillas or tacos.

I'm Going To Whine Right Now...

I ran out of my Suavacita hair spray and was forced to use Big Sexy Hair hair spray instead, and I am very unhappy. My hair is so stiff, and the parts that are starting to look messy and frazzled after my dry set re-roll won't lay flat or come back together like they do when I have Suavacita. Luckily, I have two more cans on the way, but, good Lord... until then... and I have a show coming up tomorrow!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Want to Buy A Neapolitan Swing Skirt? Read On...

I have been obsessed with this style of swing skirt with complimenting and contrasting panels for a long time... pretty much since I got into the pinup life. Based basically on the old school Pinup Girl Clothing "Just Desserts" dress, the style is flattering and playful and fun and pretty. I could never get my hands on a Just Desserts dress in my size and I'd had high hopes that PUG would bring it back under its "proposed PUG" hashtag, but, alas, that never happened.

You might remember that I got impatient a year ago and taught myself to sew so I could make a very similar skirt in the same color scheme as the Just Desserts dress. My finished product had twice as many black panels and was gathered at the waistline; this new offering is an A-line skirt and is a true Neapolitan color scheme!


I've teamed up with an expert seamstress to develop a line of clothing - Retro Couture by Molly Starlite - that would include skirts like these. I would love to take some pre-orders  so we could buy more fabric and start having a steady stock of these skirts and other offerings. But before I do that, is there any interest from people to buy a skirt like this?

If you would like to have a custom skirt made for you, please leave me a note in the comments. If I get enough interest, I'll make a pre-order listing on my Etsy store where you'll be able to choose three colors, the waist measurement, and the length of the skirt you order. I'm thinking that we should be able to sell these for no more than $80 plus shipping, which is pretty good for a custom skirt, I think.

I'm very interested in opinions, so please feel free to tell me your thoughts. Here are a few color scheme ideas I've had:















Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Easy Homemade Biscuits!

The perfect accompaniment to almost any meal is a fluffy, crumbly biscuits, and you might be surprised at how easy they are to make! In the 19th episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I show you how to make these easy, customizable baking powder biscuits. Add cheese, add herbs & spices, top with melted butter... make it your own!

These biscuits are perfect with dinners, with soup for lunch, or even as the base for your morning egg sandwiches! With only a few ingredients, you could be well on your way to kicking up your meal several notches!

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: Easy Biscuits!


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Raspberry Lemonade "Sorbet" - A Molly Starlite Original Recipe!

Several months ago, I ran across a recipe for homemade ice cream, and I made it a couple of times. One of the ingredients was sweetened condensed milk, and it just gave the ice cream a weird aftertaste, almost like a faux sugar/sweet coating on the tongue. Ultimately, I stopped making it because of that one factor, but I still liked the idea of making my own ice cream, so I developed the following recipe!






The base of the ice cream can be flavored any way you want, with any flavors or add-ins that you like. For this recipe, I made Raspberry Lemonade "Sorbet." (It's not really a sorbet because the base is cream, but it's so citrus-y that it might as well be....) The base is only five ingredients - heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and flavorings - and then I added two add-ins: homemade raspberry syrup and baked pie crust pieces. That's it! You could make a cheesecake ice cream by adding softened cream cheese or cheesecake pudding mix... or cookie dough by adding vanilla and chocolate chips... or birthday cake by adding vanilla and colorful sprinkles... the possibilities are ENDLESS!

Watch me make my version here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card!


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pinup Wet Set Comb Out!

At long last, the comb out video I promised all of you!



Since starting my pinup life, I have struggled with my hair styling technique. I have never been to a salon or had my hair done or gotten a lesson or even done someone else's hair, and, up until about a year ago, I barely did anything with my hair. I would just clip it out of my face and call it a day. But, ever since I immersed myself into this pinup culture, I have gotten more and more interested in completing my pinup look, and learning how to do a vintage hair style was the final step in my transformation.

So I have watched hundreds of hours of YouTube and Instagram videos and tutorials on Pinterest and blogs and, after a lot of practice and experimenting with various setting lotion products, styling products and tools, and eventually cutting off about 6 inches of dead ends, I can now say that I have gotten mediocre with styling my hair!

In the video above, I demonstrate how I brush out a sponge roller set on my hair, including back combing, techniques I use, etc. The trifecta of products I use are:

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray at the roots as I set in rollers for volume
Lottabody Setting Lotion (diluted concentrate) at the ends to create curls
Suavacita Grooming Spray all over the finished sponge roller set
Suavacita Hair Spray for styling

I start with dry hair, spritzing the roots with the sea salt spray, then mist the ends with setting lotion. Then I curl the dampened hair onto sponge rollers, and, when I am finished, mist the entire set with the Suavacita Grooming Spray... lightly. Then, I wrap in a hair scarf and leave it for the night.

The brush out is as simple as taking out the curlers, brushing through, backcombing, then pushing the hair around as I want it. The video above shows exactly how I do that.

Ultimately, I am really pretty happy with my new-found hair styling skills. I haven't varied far from this specific style because of the other ones I have tried (victory rolls, for instance) kind of look weird on me, in my opinion.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watch Out

I recently stumbled on a pinup magazine on Facebook that was advertising for submissions. While they stated that their focus was on "cheesecake" photos, their own submission description page said that they weren't limited to just that kind of photo. So, I messaged them with photos from my calendar  (which aren't available for publication) explaining that I had others from those sessions if they liked any of the looks.

Apparently, whoever I got on the other end got hung up on my backgrounds in my calendar (which, as I said, I wasn't offering; I said I had others more in the vein of their cheesecake, seamless background look) and told me, in about the rudest way I can imagine, that my calendar pictures - which weren't being offered - were beneath their magazine.

By then, I was so mad that I had to walk away from the computer to avoid saying something I'd regret. I don't think I would have gotten so mad if they hadn't
A) specifically said they WERE looking for different looks besides seamless background cheesecake looks;
B) acted like I couldn't read by sending them a sample that was a bit different from seamless backgrounded cheesecake pics;
C) acted like my pinup calendar pics were garbage;

I probably wouldn't be writing this post if it weren't for the fact that, six hours after my contact with them, they post that they are NOT taking submissions from outside photographers and are ONLY accepting applications from models who will pay THEIR photographers to take photos that the magazine will then use, for free. Models would still have to buy a copy of the magazine AND their photo session with their approved photographers. That's their prerogative, of course, but to first solicit free content from models and photographers, talk down to them, THEN change all their submission rules... something smells fishy. Particularly when it appears that they haven't actually published a magazine in over a year. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Super Yummy Chicken Parm!

Since it is almost my birthday, I thought that, for this episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I would make one of my favorite meals: Chicken Parm!

When I was recuperating from my last c-section, I watched a whole bunch of Food Network, and saw a LOT of Bobby Flay. One of the meals he made was chicken parm. I'd never had it before, but it looked tasty, so I made it, and let me tell you: this dish is SO GOOD. Though it is a bit more time intensive than most of my midweek dinners, it is so worth the effort to put together!

The flavors of the Italian spices, the lightly breaded chicken, fresh pasta, the tangy tomato sauce... it's basically a perfect dish. Watch me make it here:



And download the printable recipe card: Chicken Parm Recipe by Molly Starlite



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